Today's readings make very clear the demands that will be made of those wanting to be called disciples of Christ. We must be prepared to give our all to Him. The discipleship way of life is the only life that can truly satisfy.
In the Gospel passage from Luke, Christ says, "If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." Our Lord is speaking here not of emotions but rather of priorities. He must come first in all aspects of our lives. Period.
He goes on. "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." In other words, it's all or nothing. Compromise is simply not possible. Christ wants us to give all of ourselves, all aspects of our individual lives, our family life, our parish over to Him and to the pursuit of His kingdom.
And just when we think our Lord might soften His message to make it a little more palatable, He goes further! "Anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple." Why is our Lord being so demanding? Only because He knows us so well and loves us so much.
He knows that if we do not live by putting Him first before all else, we will easily be swallowed up by the earthly cares that weigh us down — our material things, our status, and our egos. He knows these things cannot satisfy us. He knows this because He is our Maker, and He made us for more.
We are made to be His disciples, to seek after Him and His Kingdom. Embracing stewardship as a way life allows us to count the cost, and then run after Him with all our might.
I'm pleased to announce that Bishop Michael Barber has assigned Deacon David Young to St. Joseph the Worker Church. Deacon Young has just completed nearly 4 years of service at Christ the Light Cathedral and asked to be assigned to us here at St. Joseph the Worker! I know Deacon to be a spiritual man, grounded and joyful with an easy laugh as he has assisted me from time to time with my healing/deliverance ministry and thru our conversations. Please introduce yourself and welcome him to our parish when you get a chance.
- Fr. Kenneth Nobrega
Born: Wolfeboro, NH November 23, 1947
Education: BS in BA, Nathanial Hawthorne College, Antrim, NH; MA in Dogmatic Theology, Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Ordained: June 12, 2005, Norwich, CT
Incardinated Diocese of Oakland: January 30, 2012
Guiding Scripture: "God is Love." 1John 4:16
Ministry principle: "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
Receipt of Sacraments: Easter Vigil 1995
Deacon David as a convert began the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in 1994 and was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 1995; at St. Pius X Church in Middletown, Connecticut, receiving five sacraments including the Convalidation of his marriage to Monica.
He began in ministry as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Dave and Monica became part of a prayer group leadership team at St. Pius X. They were invited to enter a three year formation program culminating with becoming commissioned lay ministers. During this time, Dave participated in a social justice outreach program to those that had exhausted community social services resources, involving parishioners in donating furniture, clothes, or food.
In July, 2001, he was accepted in the Norwich Diocesan Permanent Deacon Formation Program. Completing formation and studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, CT with a Master's Degree in Dogmatic Theology in May, 2005; he was ordained by Bishop Michael Cote as a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Norwich on June 12, 2005. His one year "temporary" assignment to Notre Dame Church in Durham, CT lasted until May 2009, concluding after sensing a prayerful call to the West Coast.
David spent four years in the U.S. Army Security Agency as an Electronic Warfare Operator/Analyst. Then began a diverse career as police officer; sales manager; Catholic Non-Profit turn-around specialist twice, serving as director of operations for a residential treatment center of boys and an elementary school principal; and founder of Forever Young Business Consultants, LLC. All of this experience has become beneficial in ministry to God's children.
Finally, David and Monica relocated from Connecticut to the Bay Area to be closer to family, eventually being led to Alameda. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone assigned him to St. Joseph Basilica and accepted his vows on January 30, 2012 to service to the Bishop and the Diocese of Oakland. On December 1, 2013, Bishop Michael Barber changed the appointment from St. Joseph Basilica to The Cathedral of Christ the Light; and on February 1, 2015 to St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon, returning to the Cathedral on August 28, 2015. The warmth of welcome and acceptance within the communities of our diocese has been a wonderful gift for Monica and Dave!
Deacon David is active in supporting those having spiritual and earthly needs; celebrating funerals outside of the parish, offering spiritual direction and retreats throughout the diocese; supporting many diocese social justice ministries; and proudly serving wherever called as a Knight of Columbus.
"To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also.
Through the Sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.
O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved Father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin.
Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as once you saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen."
You are welcome to join us on Sundays.
We pray the Rosary every Sunday after the 8:00 am Mass in English and after the 11:30 am Mass in Spanish.
If you are not able to pray with us perhaps you can send us your prayer intentions. Send to: email@example.com. We will gladly include them in our prayers.